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Friday
Mar182016

Roberto Martinez – another clown

My respect for Everton manager Roberto Martinez has nosedived this season; and even more so following his daft remarks concerning Arsene Wenger.

When you look at how poor the Premier League is at present, Everton should be pushing top four, not lingering in mid-table. Their squad is packed with brilliant young talent like Lukaku, Stones, Barkley and Deulofeu, and those players also have the experience of Howard, Baines, Coleman, Jagielka and Barry behind them. However, under Martinez’ guidance Everton have only managed 9 wins in 28 games.

With Arsenal travelling to Goodison Park this weekend, Martinez has labelled Wenger “an inspiration”. Martinez says that Arsenal can still win the title, but if they lose to Everton they could be 14 points behind Leicester by Saturday evening, which would surely end their feeble challenge. So in effect, what Martinez is saying is, Arsenal can catch Leicester - by beating his own team.

On the topic of critics, Martinez goes on to say, "It's the modern world we live in; when we're so easily led to criticise.”

“There is a need to have an opinion and criticise the losing team. The modern game is ruthless and at the back of a defeat you'll get criticised - and everyone has an opinion and everyone knows better than you and that's disappointing.”

Who does that sound like? Clearly, Martinez has no option at the moment but to bow down to his “inspiration” and create his own brand of Wenger bullsh*t, as both managers are busted flushes trying to prolong their stay at their respective clubs by aggressively rubbishing critics.

One has to wonder where Everton would be had David Moyes not gambled his career on Man Utd. When Moyes joined Everton he dug them out of relegation in his first season and qualified for the Champions League the year after. From then on, he finished 11th, 6th, 5th, 5th, 8th, 7th, 7th and 6th.

Despite a good start, finishing 5th, Martinez performance has nosedived over the last two years as Everton finished 11th with 47 points last season and are currently 12th with 38 points. Apart from Moyes’ first season, the Scotsman never had point totals that low in all his years at the club, despite playing in a league of a much higher standard and having a paltry net spend. In fact, Moyes' net spend per season was £803,000 - Martinez' net spend is £34.5m.

Now that Everton has been taken over and big money has landed on the club’s shores, the new owners need to throw Martinez out. Like Wenger, Martinez has no understanding of the defensive side of the game and fans must surely see that he's never shown in his career that he's a competent defensive coach.

Back to Arsenal, who predictably folded against Barcelona this week losing the tie 5-1 on aggregate. I thought Barcelona never really moved out of second gear over both legs. Credit where it’s due, Elneny scored a nice goal on the night, but the rest was the epitome of predictability.

Is Theo Walcott’s career over? Wenger preferred Alex Iwobi to him at Camp Nou, which I found hilarious. He also preferred Flamini to Coquelin, which tells its own story. What was also hilarious is that 20% of Barcelona fans didn’t bother turning up to the game.

The knives are out for Wenger this week, with a lot of ex-players having a dig:

Alan Smith says, “If they fall away, then the board have got to seriously look at the manager's position and I think Arsene Wenger will have to look at his position too.”

Ian Wright says, "At some stage it's got to happen and I think something's got to happen this season with what's happening with Arsenal, especially if they don't win the league."

Emmanuel Petit says, "Should he stay as manager at the club? I don't know. It's probably the time for him to stay but in a different role at the club... I think they need something new."

Paul Merson says, "People may say there's nobody better than him, but there's a thousand managers who could come in and get Arsenal in the top four. If Leicester or Tottenham win the title then I just don't see how he can keep his job."

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Reader Comments (15)

Everton fan here. Whilst I'm far from Martinez biggest fan, you're barking up the wrong tree talking up Moyes.

Moyes went at the right time - most EFC were tired of his tactics and style of play. Most fans would not have him back now.

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AT

As long as you're aware that you've gone backwards.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDixie

I totally agree with you. I've been an Everton fan for 50 years this year. I've had the privilege to see two truly great Everton teams over that time. The side that evolved into league champions in 1970 captained by the superb Alan Ball and the multiple trophy winning team of the 80's under Howard Kendall RIP sir.

It's been an awful long time to wait to once again have a squad of such talent but I fear it is being wasted on the ineptitude of our present manager. I've long recognised that Wenger is his role model. In addition to mimicking Arsene's naive disdain for the defensive element of the game he is also stubborn and belligerent in his convictions irrespective of all evidence proving him wrong. At least Arsene has a trophy cabinet (albeit a little dusty now) to underpin his self assuredness.

Good managers make a team better than the sum of its parts. Everton have massively underperformed in the league and I hope that Farhad Moshiri has the ambition to show him the door.

At least we have a chairman who loves the club and doesn't see it as a brand. If Wenger gets you a top four spot then that seems plenty good enough for Kroenke to be content with his cash cow. So I guess if you want him gone you either need him to acquire some humility (not sure that is likely) or you need to finish outside of a Champions League spot.

With the prices you pay and the money you have available I think you fans have lot to feel sore about.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike T

AT

Cue Martinez to be Arsenal's new manager. But seriously, Martinezesezzzz comments on Wenger is just 'professional' camaraderie and deflecting his own failures away from himself... one only has to look at how diplomatic footballers are to each other: Player A has a stinking run of 1 goal in 12 games...Player B or ex pro says "he's not getting the luck at the moment but he's a world class striker and it will come good for him soon providing he keeps doing the things that got him there in the first place". Where as, you or I call it as we see it "he's a fucking overrated piece of shit". Martinez is fishing for a job.

On an unrelated subject, it has been a while but it does feel that perhaps Wenger is on the last bend before he slips away into obscurity... perhaps he'll have more time to do some modelling.

I am genuinely looking forward to change at Arsenal. Even if the new manager (hoping) turns out to be a complete douche bag...it will come as a welcome change rather than having that rubber faced, tailless amphibian gurning at us every week.

To miss out on Guardiola was awful, but I think there are still at least six managers out there who could do a job for us. Arsenal fans don't need success at the moment, we just need to feel something again.

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AT

There's 60 managers who could do a job for us.

Managers like Wenger and Martinez try to make out it's all just opinion so they can claim their opinion is more valid because they are managers. Trouble is, someone who knows nothing about football can look at the results and see that they are failing.

It goes beyond opinion, it's a fact that both managers are failing relative to expected standards at their clubs.

March 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterExeter Gunner

Pressure wasn't there, so comfortable win. Leicester win again, Spurs to slip up tomorrow and it'll be practically done and dusted. By the way, Paul Merson is spot on. There are thousands of managers out there who could have done a better job than Wenger over these past few years. Respect has to be earned not demanded and the fact that this man feels we owe him respect for creating AFC, beggars belief. "SECURITY, ESCORT THIS FOOL FROM THE BUILDING!!!!".

March 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

The sports psychologist, Garry Leboff gave a talk on performance psychology at my uni a few years ago. He's worked with Chris Hoy and various golfers and footballers, but also managers.

He said he was contacted twice (in consecutive years) by Martinez, when his Wigan side were facing relegation, to come and work on what Martinez's idol would call their 'mental strength.' Leboff gave them the confidence and belief to stay up and Martinez took the credit.

He also said that, from a sport psychology viewpoint, Mourinho is the best man manager and that Wenger hasn't been the same since Dein left - and that the best thing for Arsenal would be a year out of the top 4 to rebuild. Though I think he's a Spud, so that could have been self interest.

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AT

Never trust a spud.

March 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Agreed, Bobby Martinez despite showing promise and getting a decent gig in his relative youth has failed to push-on. Possibly he'll learn from the experience, possibly not.

In fairness I've backed the Foxes and the Muppets to win on Saturday and Sunday respectively, so have a small bankroll with which to work.

Maybe: Foxes to win it, Barcodes for the drop, and Citizen Kane to top-score. Any thoughts appreciated AT.

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AT

It's not bad for a triple bet, as long as you're getting decent odds. I couldn't back anyone in this title race with any certainty. We're in unknown territory, one Leicester defeat and they could crumble under the pressure.

The nearer they get to the finishing line, the more it's about mentality.

I'd love to see Newcastle go down, but Norwich are pretty awful and if anything happens to Defoe, Sunderland are dead in the water.

March 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Hello AT,
I thought I'd make my annual contribution. I said four years ago that Martinez was Wenger-lite - it might have been on your esteemed site. I don't contribute regularly these days because I have been saying similar things since 2008 and, for at least the last five years, you have been saying those same things rather better than I could.

All of Wenger's excuses have comically blown up in his face and his dwindling bunch of blind followers are, week by week, making themselves look ever more ludicrous. Remember, this is the squad that Wenger thought impossible to improve last summer by signing an outfield player.

I remain determined to be there at Arsenal's first post-Wenger competitive match and I hope that the Dutch management teams at Southampton and Ajax will have been compensated by Arsenal for taking them. I don't mind which one. I respect the Koeman's and DeBoer, Bergkamp and Overmars. Certainly the last two would be busting a gut to win trophies.

I am still watching football in the Rymans Isthmian League and I see more honest endeavour in one match than I see at Wenger FC all season.

It is just a matter of time now before all of your critics over the years are proved wrong and made to look pretty dopey.

Thanks for keeping Arsenal Truth going.

Cheers mate.

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AT

Hi Ramgun, hope you're well. Nice to know you still take a peek every now and then.

I think my critics were proved wrong a lonnnnnnnnnnnng time ago.

March 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRamgun

I look a couple of times every week to check if you have posted. When, finally, the day arrives that we are free of Le Fraud you will have to put up with me rather more often!

March 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRamgun

I think in many ways this is a great season for Arsenal and the fans. Unless a miracle happens, Leicester or Spurs will win the Prem. Both have far less resources then Arsenal, so Wenger and AKBS can no longer use the money excuse.

Don't know if you've watched Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares USA episode with Amy baking company, but I reckon Wenger is at least as deluded as her.

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AT

Can't say I've had the pleasure.

March 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Regarding my last comment, you should check it out. It's amazing how crazy and deluded she (and her husband) are.

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AT

A bit like Wenger, I think that programme had its five minutes of fame 10 years ago.

March 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Johan Cruyff dies. I can still remember the rumours that Arsenal were going to buy him in the early '70s just after we won the double. Bullshit of course. Nothing changes.

Excellent player.

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AT

We did get Bergkamp though, thanks to Dein. Rest of the tight-arsed board never would have pushed that through.

March 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill Robertson

http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35948644

The man gets worse every day.

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

The reason the British players have failed to deliver is that they all realize, under Wenger, they will never fulfill their true potential. Walcott should leave rather than waste another three years under Mr Plod. Ozil was right to come out with his views on Arsenal's failings. Trouble is, it wouldn't matter how much money Wenger was given to spend, he'd still cock it up!!!. PLEASE LEICESTER, WIN IT FOR US ALL!

April 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

I'd take Spurs winning the league if that's what it to make Wenger and/or the board see sense.

April 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

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